They were neither the best of tee times nor the worst of tee times. This season was simply Tiger Woods's time. Golf isn't the new national pastime, Tiger is, and his 2000 season—10 victories worldwide, three majors in a row, the career Grand Slam and more than $9 million in earnings—ranks among the greatest in golf history.
Here are some things worth a second look in the year of all Tiger, all the time.
1. Which player's breakthrough win was the most significant?
A. Jim Carter's at the Tucson Open, his first in 291 Tour starts.
B. Lorie Kane's in the Michelob Light Classic, after she had closed to within one of Laura Baugh's LPGA record for most seconds (10) without a win.
C. Kirk Triplett's at the Nissan Open, his only W in 11 years on Tour.
2. Which blowout was the most spectacular?
A. Karrie Webb's 10-shot win in the Nabisco Championship.
B. Woods's 15-stroke rout in the U.S. Open.
C. Andre Agassi's destruction of Woods on MTV's Celebrity Death Match.
3. Which one of the items on David Letter-man's Top 10 list of Woods's pet peeves hit closest to home?
A. Always feel like a dork standing in bank line with six-foot check.
B. Satan calls at all hours of the night to remind you of the agreement.
C. When buying personalized license plates at Disneyland, closest you can get is TIM MY.
4. Which selection was most baffling?
A. Playboy's picking Phil Mickelson as one of its 10 men of style, along with Pierce Brosnan and Sean (Puffy) Combs.
B. Wine Spectator's ranking Greg Norman's 1996 Coonawarra cabernet-merlot 58th on its 1999 Top 100 list.
C. Matt Damon's being chosen to play a golfer in The Legend of Bagger Vance.